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Princess Madeleine engaged to Chris O'Neill

25 Oct 2012, 06:10

Published: 25 Oct 2012 06:10 GMT+02:00

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Both the Aftonbladet and Expressen tabloids reported on Thursday morning that the couple exchanged engagement rings in New York about a month ago, but kept the engagement secret.

The engagement was confirmed shortly after 9am by the bride-to-be's mother Queen Silvia.

"The princess is very happy and so are we. He is every mother-in-law's dream," she told news agency TT.

Shortly after 9am on Thursday, the Royal Court also published confirmation of the rumours on its website:

"The Marshal of the Realm is delighted to announce the engagement between Princess Madeleine and Mr. Christopher O'Neill.


"After His Majesty The King of Sweden had given his consent to the marriage between Princess Madeleine and Mr Christopher O'Neill, His Majesty requested the approval by the Swedish Government, in accordance with the procedures set out in the Swedish Constitution."

Journalist Ebba von Sydow, expert on the royals for daily Expressen and national broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT), said earlier on Thursday that she didn't think the news of the engagement came as a total "bolt from the blue".

"At the same time it is pleasant surprise, and I, like everyone else, am now looking forward to an engagement interview. Many are also asking whether the wedding with be broadcast publicly, and much points to that being the case," said von Sydow to TT.

Long time expert on the royals, Sten Hedman, wasn't especially surprised by the news of the princess's engagement either:

"It was pretty much expected. They have been living together after all. It would have been more of a surprise if they hadn't gotten engaged," he said to TT.

Chris O’Neill, who according to Swedish tabloids is a millionaire financial adviser who attended Columbia University, met Princess Madeleine in New York mere months after she broke off her previous engagement to lawyer Jonas Bergström in 2010.

There was wild speculation in the Swedish media at the time of Bergström having had an affair and Madeleine has later said in interview that the months after her engagement to Bergström was broken off were very difficult for her.

"That the whole thing became so public meant that it was a very difficult time in my life," she said in an interview with Dagens Industri.

News of Madeleine and O'Neill's relationship first surfaced in media reports in early 2011 and in February of this year, the Royal Court confirmed that Madeleine and O'Neill had been living together in his Manhattan apartment since November 2011.

O’Neill made his first official appearance with the royal family in Stockholm at the May 2012 baptism of Princess Estelle.

While in New York, the princess has been working with the World Childhood Foundation, a charity for marginalized children set up in 1999 by her mother.

London-born O'Neill, 38, works in finance and is currently a partner at Noster Capital, which has offices in New York and London.

The couple said O'Neill proposed in early October after asking the King's permission.

"It was a very romantic and intimate proposal, but more details about the proposal we want to keep to ourselves," Madeleine said.

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They plan to continue living in New York for the time being, she said.

Madeleine's older sister is Crown Princess Victoria, 35, who married Daniel Westling in June 2010. They have a daughter, Princess Estelle, born in February.

The newly-engaged princess also has a brother, Prince Carl Philip, 33.

According to the Royal Court, no date has been set, but the wedding is planned for the summer of 2013.

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09:36 October 25, 2012 by bolababu
"Long time"? ..by Swedish definition right?
10:06 October 25, 2012 by salalah
Beautiful couple..."and they lived happily ever after"
10:41 October 25, 2012 by CJ from Sunshine Desserts
Looking forward to hearing him & Sylvia talk Swedish in thier posh "Östermalm" accents ! Hope he realises what he´s getting into !
10:55 October 25, 2012 by Emerentia
She looks really happy (and a bit clingy) and he looks really bored and moody, or like something smells bad.
12:03 October 25, 2012 by Flutterbye
I hope she has more luck with this one than the last one.

She is going to make a stunning bride, she is so beautiful.

Good luck to them both.
13:47 October 25, 2012 by maria.n
they look sweet together
17:35 October 25, 2012 by Richard Head
Wow. She couldn't do any better? I find that hard to believe. Must have been desperate...
20:05 October 25, 2012 by prince T
Thank you @helge for your info. Continue to be stucked in 17 th century. This Madeiline is no prostitute and it is the mummy that is French. Even if she was a prostitute what does it matter. She is beutiful and many men on this forum will kill to have her.
20:45 October 25, 2012 by Flutterbye
@Helge.....hopefully the men in white coats are on their way to take you back to the asylum.
20:50 October 25, 2012 by dizzymoe33
I don't think the man knows how to smile?! I guess the dark and broody look is in this year?!

@Helge I fear you are in need of some professional help.
01:16 October 26, 2012 by philster61
So now we can call her Mrs Maddy O Neill??
12:55 October 26, 2012 by Zombie
@ Helge

You have some serious mental issues dude.
12:14 October 27, 2012 by Sheila Craig
Cannot believe it is the same girl. Where has the blonde disappeared to?
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